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Frail older people with multi-morbidities in primary care: a new integrated care clinical pharmacy service

Oboh, L; Leon, C; Qadir, S; Smith, F; Francis, S-A; (2018) Frail older people with multi-morbidities in primary care: a new integrated care clinical pharmacy service. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy , 40 (1) pp. 41-47. 10.1007/s11096-017-0566-8. Green open access

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Abstract

Background Older people confined to their own homes due to frailty, multiple longterm conditions and/or complex needs, are known to be at risk of medicines-related problems. Whilst a health and social care team approach to supporting these patients is advocated, there is limited evidence regarding how pharmacists can best contribute. Objective To describe a new specialist pharmacy service (called the integrated care clinical pharmacist) in terms of how it works, what it achieves and its policy implications. Setting Patients' own homes in Lambeth, London, UK. Method Community matrons identified patients who were experiencing medicines related problems. These were referred to the integrated care clinical pharmacist who undertook a full medication review and recorded activities, which were independently analysed anonymously. Main outcome measure Medicines-related problems and the associated interventions. Result 143 patients were referred to the service over a 15-month period. A total of 376 medicines-related problems were identified: 28 (7%) supply issues, 107 (29%) compliance issues, 241 (64%) clinical issues. A diverse range of interventions were instigated by the pharmacist, requiring the coordination of community pharmacists, primary and secondary health and social care professionals. Conclusion This project demonstrated that including an integrated care clinical pharmacy service as part of the health and social care team that visits frail, older people in their own homes has benefits. The service operated as part of a wider inter-professional community team. The service also supported current health policy priorities in medicines optimization by identifying and addressing a wide range of medicines related problems for this vulnerable patient group.

Type: Article
Title: Frail older people with multi-morbidities in primary care: a new integrated care clinical pharmacy service
Location: Netherlands
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s11096-017-0566-8
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11096-017-0566-8
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Frailty, Integrated care, Medicines, Multi-morbidities, Older people, Optimization, Pharmacy, United Kingdom
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry > Marie Curie Palliative Care
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > UCL School of Pharmacy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10038238
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